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Vintage Aero steel bike with gusset. Anyone recognize this?

Old 03-12-19, 04:31 AM
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Vintage Aero steel bike with gusset. Anyone recognize this?

So found this bike in the classifieds and it intrigued me. It looks like a nice frame (aero seat stays with mudguard eyelets? , tidy seat post clamp design , gusset at head tube ), gaudy paint and obviously bent fork. Seller want approx 100 euros for it as is and I cannot see it before buying.
Anyone with an idea of what it might be and is it worth taking the risk (and replacing the fork or better move on)?

Thank you!
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That fork is bent back. It's nothing special. I'd pass.
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Looks like someone welded that gusset on as a kludge for whatever damage the front end of the frame sustained. I don't remember seatpost clusters that well, but the under-the-fastback-stay pinch bolt makes me think late-1980's Peugeot. I'm probably wrong on this (seeing as there's nothing like that in the '88 or '89 catalogs), but it doesn't matter, the framey bits are long gone.

Looks like a 105-level Shimano group - if not lower; the RD appears to be a Exage Sport - and the only thing mildly interesting about it are the barcons.

$112 (USD) for that deserves "crack pipe" status, to borrow Jalopnik's verncular. It's a $25 dollar bike for the components, and even that's probably over the top, as there's a good chance a lot of it may be broken or worn out (starting with the Biopace chainrings. I won't pass judgement on whether that's a good thing or a bad thing).

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Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
Looks like someone welded that gusset on as a kludge for whatever damage the front end of the frame sustained. I don't remember seatpost clusters that well, but the under-the-fastback-stay pinch bolt makes me think late-1980's Peugeot.

Looks like a 105-level Shimano group - if not lower; the RD appears to be a Exage Sport - and the only thing mildly interesting about it are the barcons.

$112 (USD) for that deserves "crack pipe" status, to borrow Jalopnik's verncular. It's a $25 dollar bike for the components, and even that's probably over the top, as there's a good chance a lot of it may be broken or worn out (starting with the Biopace chainrings. I won't pass judgement on whether that's a good thing or a bad thing).

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, informative post, thank you. I thought the frame looked interesting. Will pass.
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Seatpost is backwards...
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CRASH!

Pass.
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@estebe PM me if youre in search of an aero frameset
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Seems like a decent fork crown (although fork does look bent) and interesting placement of seatpost clamp.
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Originally Posted by thinktubes View Post
Seatpost is backwards...

The least of its problems.

I'd venture to say the current owner is equally so, given the asking price and apparently functional cyclecomputer, which has no business on a bike that shouldn't be used at over 10mph.

Transportation in the third world? No problemo. Functional race bike? Delusional.

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